to the 18th International Conference
of Ethiopian Studies Website
DIRE DAWA: 29 Oct. - 2 Nov. 2012
Photographs of the event and further information on the publication of proceedings will be posted soon
the Organizing Committee
This 18th Conference was held in the city of Dire Dawa, Eastern Ethiopia, for the first time out of Addis Ababa.
It was organized by a French-Ethiopian Committee, chaired jointly by Dr. Eloi Ficquet, director of the French Center for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) and Dr. Ahmed Hassen, director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES)
Dire Dawa and its surroundings, with the nearby city of Harar, are at the crossroads of regional and international trade and migration networks, promoters of modernity and change and heirs of ancient cultural and religious traditions. In the 21st century, Dire Dawa, like other Ethiopian regions, is undergoing very strong economic and social transformations.
The aim of the ICES taking place in this regional setting was not only to account for these recent regional developments, but also to move the focus of attention towards long term historical and social dynamics that contributed to the creation and transformation of the Ethiopian identity and identities.
"Movements in Ethiopia, Ethiopia in Movement"
This theme is aimed at encouraging panel proposals and subsequently paper proposals that would deal with the issue of "movement" in its widest sense. Not only studies on social, religious, political, and cultural movements are likely to fit into the theme, but also any focus on circulation of words, ideas and peoples; the dynamics of contacts and exchanges; the effect of intellectual or economic change on societies, etc. Movement can also be understood in its concrete physical and spatial meaning encompassing travels, migrations and transportation of goods and commodities at different scales. Dance and gestures are also movements.
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